Toowoomba's tourist season, at its height in September/October, may be over, but there are still plenty of sights to see after the Carnival of Flowers in the Garden City. For those who love wildlife, nature and drives, early summer has its perks in Toowoomba and its surrounds. Here are four favourites for your next summer excursion.
1. The Bicentennial Waterbird Habitat
This is a park often overlooked in the promotional brochures, but it has beautiful paths for walking and a lovely view overlooking the water.
Beautiful picnic spot
There is a lot of birdlife at this park and the council has provided a blind for bird watchers who might want to watch them close up. Perfect for a quiet picnic, a nice leisurely walk or feeding the ducks (especially if you use frozen peas and not the traditional bread).
2. The New Range Crossing
Until December 8, there will be no tolls when taking a drive on the brand new Toowoomba Bypass, which cuts around the city and emerges out at Highfields. With great views, amazing rock formations and cuttings and a smooth new road to enjoy, this is a great drive for the family.
Great Sunday drive
In memory of slain police officer Brett Forte
When arriving at Highfields, there are several look outs with great views to the whole range, the new viaduct and the Lockyer Valley, plus a variety of pubs and cafes to have coffee or lunch. Get in before the tolls come in on Dec 8!
3. Jacaranda Spotting
Tis the season for the most beautiful trees in the city to bloom in November and December- and a drive around the CBD will reward you with gorgeous views of the purple blossomed Jacaranda trees in all their glory.
Streets to check in particular include Mary St and Margaret St. Great spots for a selfie or two!
Beautiful Streets in November and December
4. Queens Park
So the Food and Wine Festival at the Carnival of Flowers is over- there's still plenty to check out at Queens Park. Toowoomba's largest and oldest park and one of its biggest green spaces, Queens Park has several sections. Whether sculpted gardens, off leash dog zones or the play area are your jam, there's something for everyone in the family to enjoy.
Queens Park- great for picnics, pups and looking at the flowers